Brandon Shimoda
The Inland Sea

Chapbook | Poetry
5" x 7", perfectbound, 40 pp | Nov. 2008
$10 includes shipping anywhere in the US

In remembrance of and in thinking through the grand and generative compromises of birth, migration, dementia, sacrifice and ancestor worship, The Inland Sea is a raveling entreaty for the life of both a family departed and a family spectrally present in both complex breath and body. Spiritually addressed to Midori Shimoda, as well as factually to the inland seascapes of his birth (Hiroshima, Japan, thrice, in 1909, 1910 and 1911) and death (Lake Norman, North Carolina, the United States, once, 1996), The Inland Sea navigates the substance between origination and departure, in an attempt to find a relic of responsible and radiant life outside of benighted time. Composed of doubts, dissolutions, laments and a widening circumference of water and hope, The Inland Sea is a soft, yet urgent, ceremony, through which the ruptures of the past might find celebratory echo, and keep—

About the Author

Brandon Shimoda was born in California, and has since lived in five countries and nine states, most recently North Carolina and Montana. His writings have made appearances in Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, Octopus Magazine, Practice: New Writing + Art, TYPO, Verse and elsewhere, as well as in two recent book projects, Lake M (Corollary Press) and The Alps (Flim Forum Press). He currently lives in the state of Washington, where he takes part in the lives of both Slope magazine and Wave Books, among other takings, partings and taking-aparts.

Excerpts from The Inland Sea

More excerpts may be found in print, in Colorado Review, Handsome, and Pebble Lake Review.

Readings & events

April 5, 2009, Portland, OR
Spare Room Readings
featuring John Tipton, Beth Murray, & Brandon Shimoda
7:30 pm @ Concordia Coffee House
2909 NE Alberta
$5.00 suggested donation